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New York City, New York
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stayed in this traditional ryokan for 5 nights. We didn't want to leave ..... We stayed in the suite that has the private bath and shower, it was like having a little Japanese home in the center of Gion, the old city of Kyoto. In this place every little detail is taken in consideration. Tomoko is the owner ,and...

3Thank Navit Y
Melbourne, Australia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Staying at Shiraume is one of those moments in your life when you think nothing will ever top this, and maybe nothing will. But that's ok because Shiraume will always be a special talking point for my wife and myself. From the very start 5 months earlier planning our Japan holiday contact with Tomoko was prompt and informative. Nothing was...

1Thank GregGeelong
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife and I stayed in the Umemi room on the night of the 10th and 11th of April 2017. This is my 1st time reviewing a hotel stay because I can't help but tell myself I must pull my finger out and give them a great review. This is by far the best stay we had in our (relatively)...

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Shiraume is the epitome of all Ryokans that we have stayed in. After reading the reviews we planned this stay to the highlight of our 30th wedding anniversary- and it exceeds our expectation ! The Ryokan is GION, the old district, across a stately bridge over a small steam flowing with abundance of clean clear water that Kyoto is blessed...

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Singapore, Singapore
Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

There are ryokans and then there is Shiraume. Before staying our first night here, we could only have perceived a snatch of her potential from photographs of the tasteful decor and poetic views of the glistening river. We wouldn't have expected the extensive yet delicately composed Japanese breakfast which kept one full till afternoon tea - a modest dessert, so...

2Thank SGCouple
Reviewed 15 March 2017 via mobile

As traditional Ryokans go, you will not find any better. From the moment you are greeted you know that this is not just a bed for the night but an experience. The knowledge of the area, the service and most of all the food. If you want a special experience then make sure that you book.

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Woodside, CA
Reviewed 13 March 2017

Let me just say that after we departed Kyoto, I sent Tomoko, our hostess at Shiraume, a multi paragraph note of thanks for her tremendous assistance, advice, warmth and hospitality during our stay. My first personal thank you note to a hotel. Our time at Shiraume was utterly delightful. We felt incredibly spoiled and well cared for at every turn....

1Thank SixTix
Indianapolis, Indiana
Reviewed 10 March 2017

I have traveled extensively and stayed at the fanciest and most luxurious hotels and resorts. To give you an idea of my taste, my favorites before this stay were Banyan Tree Mayakoba and Ritz Carlton Central Park. Never have I experienced such a lovely, inviting and beautiful stay as at Shiraume. All I can say is if you can afford...

3Thank Simonandfamily
Adelaide, Australia
Reviewed 14 February 2017

We were an hour earlier than check in time but were greeted with such a warm welcome. It is such a pretty and well thought out accomodation with only 5 rooms and thoughtfully decked out in handmade Japanese crafts. We stayed in the Umekoyomi room overlooking the creek and it was just beautiful. Exquisite traditional ryokan equipped with all the...

1Thank Sentha R
Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 12 February 2017

My husband and I stayed here for 2 nights back in November and it took me longer than usual to write this review because it is very difficult to put an experience of a life time into words. I am still in awe of the beauty of this Ryokan. Shiraume is located on the most picturesque street in Gion, right...

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Staying in Gion

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Gion is Kyoto's famed Geisha District (called "Geiko" in Kyoto). Though Gion's many tea houses and entertainment restaurants are closed to foreigners, Geiko and Maiko in their traditional makeup with gilded hair in full kimono can be seen drifting the streets on their way to and from work, where they fan dance, sing, and play instruments for customers. Gion lights up at night, when the ancient-looking streets glow with lanterns along the river, where weeping willows catch the starlight and the air is warmed with conversation. Groups pass through to populate the restaurants and bars along the riverfront, but Gion still manages to be a mostly quiet district, due in large part to limited automotive traffic through many of its streets. Gion is a wonderful place to indulge in Kyoto's local and customary cuisines, and is best enjoyed after dark.
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Additional Information about Shiraume

Address: Shirakawa-hotori, Shinbashi-dori, Gionmachi, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Region: Japan > Kinki > Kyoto Prefecture > Kyoto > Gion
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Shiraume Hotel Kyoto
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See which rooms travellers prefer

“Umekoyomi room is large and overlooks the creek.”
SenthaR, 14 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Room facing Shirakawa stream”
schiao, 11 Feb 2017 | Read review
“Second floor room overlooking the canal is really special.”
HS168, 6 Jan 2017 | Read review
“Facing the Creek”
gmbf, 20 Oct 2016 | Read review
“There are only 5 rooms and I think all the rooms will be good.”
Breezers2014, 8 Sep 2016 | Read review
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